Can't sleep so I'm up making another entry to this blog. I've set one to post later this morning after I've left to volunteer at preschool for the day.
These pictures are to illustrate the landscape and the back of the house. Except for a little bit of poison ivy growing on the west end of the property and some barbed wire left in the leaves on the north (back) part of the property - most of the landscape needs have to do with regular maintenance that has just been neglected for a few years.
Once we get in, we'll have to have the edge of the yard (by the side road) graded towards the curb and then seed that area. That's not a 'move in requirement' and a weed eater will have to be taken to that uneven area until some grading and dressing can occur.
The boxwoods; however, are another story :) They need trimming but according to the horticulture sites - its is best to wait until much cooler weather. That would be November or December for us. I'm thinking that will fall right in line with when we might have time to address them. Trimming and thinning these shrubs will improve the look of the landscape. It will also make the plant healthier. I'll take the electric hedger and run along the back side of them to make a 1 foot clearance between the shrub and the brick.
B wants to trim the limbs of that Magnolia tree (pictured above) to the right (dark green tree that goes all the way to the ground). I'm not sure. It has a significant amount of "stuff" growing under it because the lawnmower can't access the area close to the trunk. One of the things that will have to go is a sweetgum tree that is about 30 inches tall growing under there. I don't like sweetgum trees. Anyone have an opinion on trimming until we have about an 8 foot clearance under that Magnolia?
The hole in the bottom right of the picture is where the utilities are connected underground. That hole will have to be filled in and smoothed out. I've never in my life seen the amount of shale that is in this soil. We will not just be able to push it over into the hole - we'll have to use a garden rake and keep resrufacing to remove the shale pieces. I hope my father in law is still speaking to us after we move because he has a resource for topsoil (meaning as close to free as you can get) and we are going to need about 5 tons. I'm pretty confident that come next spring when we lay down some "Weed & Feed" that the lawn will drastically improve by next fall. There are some places that it needs to fill in and some TLC will take care of that.
This picture above is the master bedroom window. Lots of work to be done :) There are vines growing all up the exterior of the fireplace (to the right of the picture edge) and those ferns will have to be thinned out.
Someone recently suggested to me that once the boxwood are trimmed back and the height lowered that the house will appear taller and more magnificant. I at least want them lower than the top of the porch. I like that brick edging all the way around the house. For one thing it gives an exact place for the mower and the weed eater to go. I'll want to insert some color in the spring and fall and I need to figure out how I'm going to do that other than some red geraniums on the front porch in planters.
I'm not sure that once that Magnolia tree is trimmed to an 8 foot clearance that it would have the same effect with the landscape. I appears to be anchoring the corner of the house right now. What do you think?
I need some trees in the front yard. I'm open to suggestions. Anything that I choose will need to thrive in full sun because the house faces the south and there is nothing in between us and the sky. I'm thinking a few fruit trees, a crabapple, a flowering pear or two, some red tips along the property line on the west end (between our bedroom and the neighbor's house) and some hydrangeas along the front west corner of the property. I don't want anything to go in the very center of the front yard because I don't want anything to grow enough that it obstructs the view of our home when you drive in the subdivision. This picture above is the view when you drive in.
This is the view from the back right corner of the cleared off part of the lot. There is still an additional 50-60 feet of wooded area behind where I'm standing. The equipment belongs to the house to the right which is still under construction. I wish that the big tree in the center were about 10 feet farther away from the house than it is but this will have to do.
I want to wait an entire growing season before I dig into the 4 planting/flowering beds in the back yard. Unless I know that something specifically is a weed - I'll leave it and take note of what it is. I'll document each growing season with pictures so I can include it in my planning. Everything that I've heard about the people who built this house and lived here for 35 years indicates that she was an avid gardner so there's no telling what kind of jewels are hidden beneath that top ground just waiting to peek their heads out to me and say hello.
I do need to figure out where I'm going to put a new tulip bed. I'm not bringing my bulbs from this house. There are over 150 burried along the back of my deck here. I will grieve to leave my deck and flower beds but as B so gently put it last night - I can design and create some new ones since I won't have much to do, LOL.
Hope you aren't getting bored with all of my post being about this house. I'm excited to share it and I don't anticipate that I'll change subjects completely anytime soon. If you don't want to miss any house post, you may need to click on yesterday's date on the calendar in case some of my most recent post are not loading on my main page. (Does that make sense>)